Look at the ways of reflecting on performance below and do so in your journal (min 50 words each)
Write an objective description of a significant moment in one of the exemplar videos you have watched. Avoid any reflection or emotion. Simply present the facts. Write in the third person and do not give any indication of the significance.
Write a description of the same significant theatre moment but this time in terms of it being a personal experience, explaining your thoughts or feelings. Write in the first person.
Explain about the significance of that theatre moment and the impact it could have on our work, your approaches and perspectives. Write in first person.
As the scene ends the actors began moving to their next positions. One went from standing on the chair in the center to sitting and clutching the rim. The other two crawled from where they lay to the left and right behind the chair to standing by the chair’s sides and holding the back. They then proceeded to rock the chair from side to side. The other actor still sitting clutching the chair bottom. As the rocking continued the sitting actor began to recite dialog before ending in a sweeping arm gesture from hands pointing in towards their chest to outwards and away where the other two actors grabbed the hands and transitioned into the next scene.
The previous scene had already made a profound statement and I couldn’t predict how this next scene would play out or what new perspective it might illustrate to me. When the sea sounds began to play I knew it had to do with water, maybe a beach or perhaps a boat. My second guess was right and was only further reinforced by the swaying action made to the chair. Finally the story they told as the little girl was swung from side to side by the crashing sea waves was felt right in my heart and the ending with the addition of the arms to emphasise the point really brought home the whole scene.
The significance lay in both the scenario and environment as well as the character being portrayed and their heart wrenching story. The familiar effect of a refugee all alone sailing the choppy and dangerous voyage to another land made the moment tense and instantly recognisable and understandable. The addition of the little girl showed how no one was being left out including the young, innocent children and to top it all off the story of her parents dying in an explosion in their own home brought the misery and sadness of the situation home. The effect on my work and performance was to use concise and sharp points to focus on and then to exaggerate actions that make these points clear. It was also to ensure there wasn’t too much happening at any one time with one central character and story with contextual actions helping to situate the where and when. It also made me want to consider how I might use familiar stories to allow the audience to connect to the story more and take more meaning by applying what they already know about the situations and scenarios similar to that which is trying to presented in the scene.